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Updated 2019-01-19 17:20
Infectious disease news: Top 5 posts for the week Jan. 12- Jan. 18
Here are the top five posts on Outbreak News Today for the week Jan. 12 through Jan. 18: 5. The Naegleria fowleri interviews The Top 5 post of the week was a collection of radio show and podcast interviews on the topic of the brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri. 4. Naegleria fowleri: Australian officials issue warning A precautionary warning from […]The post Infectious disease news: Top 5 posts for the week Jan. 12- Jan. 18 appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Malaysia reports another human rabies death in Sarawak
In a follow-up on the human rabies situation in Sarawak, Malaysia, health officials have reported one more human rabies case and fatality. The new case was an 80-year-old woman from Kampung Sg. Du’uh, Jalan Kuching-Serian, Serian, Sarawak who received scratches from her dog while breaking up a fight with their cat. The victim had washed the […]The post Malaysia reports another human rabies death in Sarawak appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Shingrix shortage: Is Schumer linking it to the shutdown?
Earlier this week, Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer of New York made a statement concerning the shortage of the popular shingles vaccine, Shingrix and seemed to link it to the current government shutdown. “To think that in the midst of a shingle shot vaccine shortage across Central New York, that the FDA is shutdown, is a […]The post Shingrix shortage: Is Schumer linking it to the shutdown? appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Louisiana hepatitis A outbreak update
In mid-December, the Louisiana Department of Health declared an outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV). At that time, a couple dozen outbreak cases were reported. Since that time, the number of outbreak hepatitis A cases have about doubled. As of January 18, 2019, Louisiana has 47 reported cases of outbreak HAV infection. Eight out of 10 […]The post Louisiana hepatitis A outbreak update appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Measles in the United States 2018: 2nd most cases since 2000
2018 was a bad year for measles in the United States according to preliminary data from federal health officials. In 2018, 349 individual cases of measles were confirmed in 26 states and the District of Columbia. This is the second-greatest number of annual cases reported since measles was eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. (The […]The post Measles in the United States 2018: 2nd most cases since 2000 appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Measles in Clark County: Public health emergency declared
In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Clark County, WA, local health authorities have reported three additional confirmed measles cases, including the first adult case of the outbreak, bringing the total outbreak cases to 19. In addition, another seven suspected cases are being reported. Sixteen (84%) of the cases were unvaccinated, while the remaining […]The post Measles in Clark County: Public health emergency declared appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
CDC: ‘Those never vaccinated against yellow fever should avoid travel to Nigeria during the outbreak’
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice today over the yellow fever outbreak in Nigeria. The Nigeria Centers for Disease Control has reported an ongoing outbreak of yellow fever beginning in September 2017. By the end of November 2018: Fourteen states had reported more than 55 laboratory-confirmed cases of yellow […]The post CDC: ‘Those never vaccinated against yellow fever should avoid travel to Nigeria during the outbreak’ appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Infectious disease bric-a-bracs: Preparing for Disease X, Zika diagnostics
Here is a look at some interesting infectious disease and health news reported across the globe: Vaccine researchers are preparing for Disease X Last year the World Health Organisation published a plan to accelerate research into pathogens that could cause public-health emergencies. One priority was the bafflingly named “Disease x”. The x stands for unexpected, and represents concern that the next […]The post Infectious disease bric-a-bracs: Preparing for Disease X, Zika diagnostics appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Novel broad-spectrum antiviral drug discovered by HKU researchers
The world has been repeatedly plagued by infectious disease outbreaks, including SARS and MERS coronaviruses, avian influenza viruses, and Zika virus. A team at the Medical Faculty of The University of Hong Kong (HKUMed) led by Professor Yuen Kwok-yung and Dr Shuofeng Yuan of the Department of Microbiology, has discovered a novel broad-spectrum antiviral drug […]The post Novel broad-spectrum antiviral drug discovered by HKU researchers appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Madagascar measles update: 20,000 cases since October
In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Madagascar, the Ministry of Public Health (MoH) of Madagascar has reported 19,539 measles cases and 39 deaths since October 2018. Cases were reported from 66 of 114 total districts in all 22 regions of Madagascar. According to a WHO release this week, the outbreak has spread to densely populated […]The post Madagascar measles update: 20,000 cases since October appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Madariaga virus with Dr Glenn Morris
Last week we learned of the emergence of yet another mosquito-borne virus. It’s called Madariaga virus and the human cases were confirmed in several schoolchildren in Haiti–the first time reported in the northern Caribbean. The cases were documented in a study in the journal, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Joining me to discuss Madariaga virus, the study and […]The post Madariaga virus with Dr Glenn Morris appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Top 3 industries that will be impacted by epidemics in 2019 with Metabiota’s Dr Patrick Ayscue
Earlier this month, the pioneer in epidemic risk modeling, Metabiota, unveiled its predictions for the industries that are most likely to be impacted by a healthcare crisis in the year ahead. I was joined by Metabiota’s director of epidemiology, Patrick Ayscue, DVM to discuss these 2019 predictions. Related: The Global Virome Project: Providing timely […]The post Top 3 industries that will be impacted by epidemics in 2019 with Metabiota’s Dr Patrick Ayscue appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Washington: Clark County measles outbreak rises to 16
In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in the Vancouver, Washington area, an additional two confirmed cases were reported in children, bringing the outbreak total to 16. In addition, five additional suspected cases are being investigated. All the cases were in children and at least 14 of the cases were not vaccinated. In addition to […]The post Washington: Clark County measles outbreak rises to 16 appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Guinea worm cases down slightly in 2018
In 1986, an estimated 3.5 million human Guinea worm disease cases annually in 21 countries in Africa and Asia. Yesterday, the Carter Center reported that the annual case tally has dropped to 28 in 2018, a slight drop from 2017 (30). During 2018, 17 human cases of Guinea worm disease were reported in Chad, 10 in South Sudan, […]The post Guinea worm cases down slightly in 2018 appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Measles outbreak affects 14 in Vancouver area
In a follow-up on the measles situation in Clark County, Washington, health officials are now reporting 14 confirmed cases and three suspected cases, all among children. One child required hospitalization for their illness. The bulk of the children are under the age of 10 and 13 of the cases were not vaccinated. The 14th case’s vaccination […]The post Measles outbreak affects 14 in Vancouver area appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Philippines: Pampanga declared malaria free, No meningococcemia outbreak
Pampanga Northwest of Manila in the Philippine province of Pampanga, health officials have declared the province malaria-free. “Pampanga is now included among the provinces in the country without any case of this kind of illness,” DOH Regional Director Cesar Cassion said Tuesday. Nationally, the country has recorded a significant decline in cases in the past […]The post Philippines: Pampanga declared malaria free, No meningococcemia outbreak appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Investigational Clostridium difficile infection treatment granted Fast Track designation
Biopharmaceutical company focused on developing new antibiotics for difficult-to-treat bacterial infections, Acurx Pharmaceuticals announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Fast Track designation for ACX-362E, an investigational new treatment for Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI). ACX-362E is a novel, oral antibiotic that recently entered Phase 1 development. ACX-362E is a novel, first-in-class, orally-administered antibacterial. It is […]The post Investigational Clostridium difficile infection treatment granted Fast Track designation appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Malaria mosquito vector, Anopheles stephensi, seen in Ethiopia for 1st time
A type of mosquito that transmits malaria has been detected in Ethiopia for the first time, and the discovery has implications for putting more people at risk for malaria in new regions, according to a study led by a Baylor University researcher. The mosquito, Anopheles stephensi, normally is found in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and […]The post Malaria mosquito vector, Anopheles stephensi, seen in Ethiopia for 1st time appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Animal outbreaks on farms: How do they dispose of the carcasses?
Bird flu outbreaks among flocks, pig disease outbreaks like African swine fever. We see this in the news frequently enough. Have you ever wondered what is done with the carcasses of the dead and culled animals on livestock farms and how well do these methods protect the public health? Joining me today to shed some […]The post Animal outbreaks on farms: How do they dispose of the carcasses? appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Naegleria fowleri: Australian officials issue warning
From NSW Health: With summer in full swing, parents are being urged to take precautions around untreated or poorly treated water to protect children from deadly amoebic meningitis. NSW Health’s Director of Environmental Health, Dr Richard Broome, said the amoeba that occurs in warm natural surface waters and soil causes infection which is rare but […]The post Naegleria fowleri: Australian officials issue warning appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Infectious disease bric-a-bracs: Canada vaccine shortage, AFM surgery
Here is a look at some interesting infectious disease and health news reported across the globe: Canada-wide Hep A and Hep B vaccine shortage A Canada-wide shortage of hepatitis A and B vaccines is a major cause for concern for those planning a getaway to warmer climes. Maleeha Sheikh reports. Listen here Pioneering Surgery Restores Movement to […]The post Infectious disease bric-a-bracs: Canada vaccine shortage, AFM surgery appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Valneva announces new contract with DOD to supply Japanese encephalitis vaccine
Biotech company, Valneva announced today the signing of a new $59 million contract with the U.S. government Department of Defense for the supply of its Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccine IXIARO® . Valneva’s Japanese encephalitis vaccine is indicated for active immunization for the prevention of the disease for people who travel to, or live in, endemic areas. […]The post Valneva announces new contract with DOD to supply Japanese encephalitis vaccine appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
The Rabies Interviews
Rabies is an acute viral infection that is transmitted to humans or other mammals usually through the saliva from a bite of an infected animal. It is also rarely contracted through breaks in the skin or contact with mucous membranes. It has been suggested that airborne transmission is possible in caves where there are heavy […]The post The Rabies Interviews appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Measles continues strong in Ukraine in 2019
In 2018, Ukraine saw an astounding 54,000 measles cases and 16 fatalities. As 2019 begins, it appears the measles problem continues in Ukraine as health officials has already reported 5,059 measles cases from December 28, 2018 to January 11, 2019 and two death. In total, the highest rates in Lviv (a total of 930 people: 291 […]The post Measles continues strong in Ukraine in 2019 appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Adacel, Tdap vaccine, receives FDA approval for expanded use
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the expanded use of Adacel® (Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine Adsorbed) to include repeat vaccination to help protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. It is now the first and only Tdap vaccine in the U.S. approved for a repeat dose in people 10 […]The post Adacel, Tdap vaccine, receives FDA approval for expanded use appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
LA health officials issue measles warning
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) confirms one case of measles in a person who visited the cities of Malibu, Santa Monica and Pasadena while infectious between December 26 to December 29. This person visited the following venues at the following times: Santa Monica Pier and the Blue Plate Taco restaurant […]The post LA health officials issue measles warning appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Haiti: Madariaga virus reported in several children
Madariaga virus (MADV), or South American eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV), has–until now– been found primarily in animals of South and Central America, with the first human outbreak occurring in Panama in 2010. Now, scientists writing in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases report the identification of MADV in eight children in Haiti in 2015 and 2016. Madariaga is […]The post Haiti: Madariaga virus reported in several children appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Palau reports dengue outbreak
Health officials on the Pacific island of Palau are reporting an outbreak of dengue fever. According to the Ministry of Health, the first ever laboratory confirmation of two cases with dengue serotype-3 were reported, prompting an health alert. In just the past week, authorities reported nine new cases bringing the outbreak total to 57 cases since […]The post Palau reports dengue outbreak appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Malaysia monitors chikungunya outbreak in Thailand
Thailand reported thousands of chikungunya cases in the south last year and in just the first two weeks of 2019, 447 cases were already reported from 12 provinces- mostly from Phuket, Songkla and Pattani provinces. This has prompted it’s neighbors to take notice, including Malaysia. Monitoring at the international gateway between Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and […]The post Malaysia monitors chikungunya outbreak in Thailand appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Measles: More cases reported in the Sydney area
In a follow-up on the measles situation in New South Wales, Australia, health officials have reported four additional cases in the past week, bringing the total to seven in January. The fourth case was in a Sydney man who was a close contact of the case reported on 3 January has developed measles nine days after […]The post Measles: More cases reported in the Sydney area appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Infectious disease bric-a-bracs: WHO’s 10 issues in 2019, Ebola outbreak update
Here is a look at some interesting infectious disease and health news reported across the globe: Ten health issues WHO will tackle this year The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the health […]The post Infectious disease bric-a-bracs: WHO’s 10 issues in 2019, Ebola outbreak update appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
The Naegleria fowleri interviews
According to the CDC, Naegleria fowleri (commonly referred to as the “brain-eating amoeba” or “brain-eating ameba”), is a free-living microscopic ameba, (single-celled living organism). It can cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). The ameba is commonly found in warm freshwater (e.g. lakes, rivers, and hot springs) and soil. Naegleria fowleri usually infects […]The post The Naegleria fowleri interviews appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Individual monitored for Ebola released from Nebraska facility: Completed 21-day monitoring period, never developed disease
In a follow-up on the American health provider who had a possible exposure in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nebraska Medicine officials say the individual completed the required 21-day monitoring period and did not develop symptoms of the disease and was released. According to Ted Cieslak MD, infectious diseases specialist with Nebraska Medicine and associate professor […]The post Individual monitored for Ebola released from Nebraska facility: Completed 21-day monitoring period, never developed disease appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Nike the ‘tick python’: Full recovery is hopeful
Late last week, Tony Harrison of Gold Coast Snake Catcher on Australia’s east coast published an amazing video on Facebook of a call he had to retrieve a carpet python from a customer’s pool in Coolangatta. Amazed by what he found, Harrison said, “I’ve done this for 26 years and this is the worst I’ve ever seen.” […]The post Nike the ‘tick python’: Full recovery is hopeful appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Tanzania anthrax outbreak: Dozens sickened, 4 dead
The consumption of anthrax tainted meat has been linked to an outbreak of suspected Bacillus anthracis infections in Nzoka village, Momba district of the Songwe Region of Tanzania, according to Tanzanian news source, The Citizen. Four people have died and some 77 people were sickened after eating the suspect meat. Juma Irando, Momba District Commissioner, said the district leadership […]The post Tanzania anthrax outbreak: Dozens sickened, 4 dead appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
African swine fever in China: 1st outbreak in Gansu province
The China Ministry of Agriculture reported today (computer translated) on an African swine fever (ASF) outbreak on a farm in Qingcheng County, Gansu Province in northwest China. This is the first outbreak recorded in Gansu and the 24th Chinese province affected by the epidemic. The outbreak occurred on a farm with 109 live pigs, infecting 44 of […]The post African swine fever in China: 1st outbreak in Gansu province appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Cruise ship outbreak nears 600 ill with suspected norovirus
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have yet to call the etiology of what had sickened hundreds of passengers and crew on board the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas, the outbreak tally of people with gastrointestinal illness symptoms continues to rise. As of Saturday, federal health officials now put the count at […]The post Cruise ship outbreak nears 600 ill with suspected norovirus appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Outbreak News This Week Radio Show 1-13-19
On today’s show, I touch on some Florida news to include the suspected norovirus outbreak onboard the Royal Caribbean vessel, Oasis of the Seas, which as of today has accounted for some 600 GI cases in passengers and crew. I also look at some year end data from the Sunshine state concerning hepatitis A, mosquito […]The post Outbreak News This Week Radio Show 1-13-19 appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Flu season in the US: Estimated 6-7 million cases to date
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is estimating some 6,150,000 – 7,280,000 influenza cases in the 2018-2019 flu season as of Jan. 5. Officials say this accounts for 2,920,000 – 3,510,00 medical visits to date and 69,300 – 83,500 hospitalizations. The cumulative burden of influenza is an estimate of the number of people who have been […]The post Flu season in the US: Estimated 6-7 million cases to date appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Japan 2018: Measles, rubella and syphilis
In 2018, Japanese health officials battled three infectious disease outbreaks of note– the vaccine-preventable diseases of measles and rubella and the sexually transmitted infection, syphilis. Measles While Japan saw 282 measles cases total, an outbreak in Okinawa that started in March 2018 accounted for more than one-third of the total annual cases (101). The outbreak began […]The post Japan 2018: Measles, rubella and syphilis appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Brazil imported measles outbreak tops 10,000 cases last year
The Brazil Ministry of Health reported this week (computer translated) on the measles situation in the country. From the beginning of 2018, until January 8 of this year, 10,274 cases were confirmed in Brazil. 12 fatalities have been reported. Currently, the country faces two outbreaks of measles: in Amazonas with 9,778 confirmed cases and in 355 […]The post Brazil imported measles outbreak tops 10,000 cases last year appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Infectious disease bric-a-bracs: Cerebral malaria, Heroin vaccine
Here is a look at some interesting infectious disease and health news reported across the globe: Researchers at LSTM show that parasites from patients with cerebral malaria stick preferentially in their brains A team at LSTM with their collaborators in Malawi and Denmark have provided, for the first time, evidence which links the ability of red blood […]The post Infectious disease bric-a-bracs: Cerebral malaria, Heroin vaccine appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Infectious disease news: Top 5 posts for the week Jan. 5- Jan. 11
Here are the top five posts on Outbreak News Today for the week Jan. 5 through Jan. 11: 5. Wyoming: Rare antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection reported in Cheyenne The number 5 post of the week is based on a report from the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) about a rare antibiotic-resistant infection (mcr-1) in a patient being treated in Cheyenne. 4. Japan […]The post Infectious disease news: Top 5 posts for the week Jan. 5- Jan. 11 appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Royal Caribbean cruise outbreak update: More than 400 cases
In a follow-up on the gastrointestinal illness outbreak on the Royal Caribbean International’s vessel, Oasis of the Seas, federal officials have now put the outbreak total to more than 400 passengers and crew. As of Friday, 385 of 6,285 (6.12%) passengers and 17 of 2,169 (0.78%) crew members have been affected in the outbreak. To date, officials report the etiology […]The post Royal Caribbean cruise outbreak update: More than 400 cases appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Rabies: The fatal Virginia case and some important lessons
Rabies is a topic we report on on the website often and have discussed on the podcast several times. Last May, we reported on a human rabies death in a Virginia resident who traveled overseas, where she contracted it. Last week in the CDC publication, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report or (MMWR), they published a […]The post Rabies: The fatal Virginia case and some important lessons appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Porcine epidemic diarrhea reported in Alberta for the 1st time
Officials in Alberta, Canada are reporting the first ever case of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus. The case was reported in a 400-head hog operation in Alberta, according to Alberta Pork. Alberta Pork is working closely with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to fully investigate this outbreak and prevent the disease from spreading further. Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) […]The post Porcine epidemic diarrhea reported in Alberta for the 1st time appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Polio outbreak confirmed in Mozambique
Circulation of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been confirmed in Mozambique, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Officials report two genetically-linked circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) isolates were detected, from an acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) case (with onset of paralysis on 21 October 2018, in a six-year old girl with no […]The post Polio outbreak confirmed in Mozambique appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Drug resistant gonorrhea in the UK: Two cases being investigated
Health officials in England report investigating two antibiotic resistant gonorrhea cases. The cases show similar resistance patterns to the antibiotics (ceftriaxone and azithromycin) that are used as the first line treatment for gonorrhea. Both patients are heterosexual females with one case acquired in Europe and the other has links to Europe but was acquired in the UK. […]The post Drug resistant gonorrhea in the UK: Two cases being investigated appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
San Antonio: Flu activity up, Metro Health giving away free flu vaccine
San Antonio flu activity is on the rise and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) wants to help by giving away free flu vaccine. Currently, after a slow start, Metro Health is seeing flu activity levels consistent with an average flu season. No pediatric flu-related deaths have been reported. “Getting the flu vaccine […]The post San Antonio: Flu activity up, Metro Health giving away free flu vaccine appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Uganda: Cholera outbreak in Kampala
The Uganda Ministry of Health received a report of four suspected cholera cases on Jan. 5 who had been seen at Kirudu hospital with· diarrhea and vomiting, which had started on 4th January 2019. These suspected cholera cases were from Kabowa parish, Rubaga division. The health workers in Kirudu hospital immediately suspected cholera and gave them appropriate […]The post Uganda: Cholera outbreak in Kampala appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
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